Dean's Update

Dean Amir PasicNovember began with three days in Beijing for three conferences on philanthropy. Our Luce Foundation sponsored project on Chinese philanthropy convened experts and practitioners to discuss research progress at the Indiana University China Office in Beijing. Peking University crafted a series of panels by global experts on social innovation as part of the high-profile Beijing Forum during which I presented on the role of education in philanthropy. The main purpose of my trip, however, was to participate in Tsinghua University’s first international conference on philanthropy that brought together experts from Europe, Asia, and North America to share knowledge and witness the launch of a new social innovation lab. It struck me that philanthropy in China is opening up new space for conversations about social issues and purposes. Some of the immense energy of the country and its people's thirst for knowledge are focused on dealing with the purpose of the wealth they have created, while frankly acknowledging the limits of the government in dealing with the many issues the country faces. Philanthropy related conversations are grasping to apply novel developments in social entrepreneurship as they revisit foundational themes related to the moral habits of this ancient culture. There is a lot of ambiguity and uncertainty, but the enthusiasm for understanding, applying, and adapting philanthropy is remarkable. 

Stead Lecture Series-PrewittBack in Indianapolis we welcomed Columbia University Professor Ken Prewitt as our second Stead Lecturer. His public lecture was titled Can Foundations Know If They Are Making a Difference: Navigating Between Ivory Towers and Performance Metrics, with respondents from the Lumina Foundation and United Way joining our own Professor Catherine Herrold in framing the ensuing discussion. As he engaged our undergraduates, graduates, and faculty during his visit, Ken offered wise and encouraging counsel. His advice to faculty as we build a new field was not to lock ourselves in too soon. Watch the video >>

We were also pleased to welcome visitors from the advancement office of the Australian National University and look forward to exploring ways we might work together to advance the understanding of philanthropy in Australia. The school was also pleased to present the Outstanding Philanthropist Award to Larry and Lisa Sablosky and took part in honoring Wesley Boone, undergraduate student, as Outstanding Young Adult at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter’s Philanthropy Awards Dinner.

The week before Thanksgiving, many of the school’s faculty and students traveled to Chicago for the 44th Annual Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference. It was an occasion to be with over 800 researchers and practitioners from across the world to share research findings and best practices. Strong West African and Saudi delegations added to the global flavor of the proceedings. Our community’s leadership in building this field was hard to miss. From Professors Dwight Burlingame and Lehn Benjamin serving as members of the board for ARNOVA, to our Ph.D. alumnus Shariq Siddiqui serving as executive director, to alumni and students presenting papers (full list below), to our partnership with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Bloomington and Indianapolis in serving as Institutional Sponsor, this growing conference is a wonderful place to see the intellectual reunion of what you have helped seed and nurture for philanthropy everywhere over the past quarter century and more.

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Last Name First Name ARNOVA Presentation
Ackerman Jacqueline Do women give more? Findings from three unique data sets on charitable giving.
    Does Charitable Cause Matter? Gender Differences in Motivation and Purpose of Charitable Giving.
Benjamin Lehn Nonprofit Management and Coproduction
Bergdoll Jonathon Is Employee Workplace Philanthropy Fostered by an Employer’s Example? Assessing Employee Giving and Volunteering in a Multi-National Corporation
Burlingame Dwight Mapping the Research Field of Nonprofit and Philanthropy
     
Cleveland William VRADS Dark Side Colloquium: Accountability, Misconduct, and Ethical Progress in NPOs---United Way of America as an Example Case
    Ignoring Affiliation Skews Research Results
Dale Elizabeth Philanthropic Decision Making in Gay and Lesbian Households
    Does Charitable Cause Matter? Gender Differences in Motivation and Purpose of Charitable Giving.
    Does Charitable Cause Matter? Gender Differences in Motivation and Purpose of Charitable Giving.
    ARNOVA Colloquium, How and Why Women Give: Current and Future Directions for Research on Women’s Philanthropy
Danahey Janin Pat Free gifts also matter: Effects of giving on happiness, social connection, and charitable donations
Duffy Barb Does Charitable Giving have Mental Health Benefits for Donors?
    “Income, Wealth, and Generosity in the U.S. Philanthropy Panel Study”
Hatcher Julie Service learning to what end? Implication of Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies to improve research and practice
Heng Qu Ellie Does Charitable Giving have Mental Health Benefits for Donors?
Herrold Catherine Government Adaptation in Post-Mubarak Egypt: Effects on NGOs’ Roles in Democracy Promotion
Ho Meng-Han Free Gifts Also Matter: Effects of Giving on Happiness, Social Connection, and Donations 
King David Religious Identity and International Development: The Rise of Evangelical Agencies, Private Philanthropy, and the Recasting of U.S. Foreign Aid
Kim Eric Volunteering is Prospectively Associated with Health Care Use Among Older Ad​ults
Konrath Sara Volunteering is Prospectively Associated with Health Care Use Among Older Adults
    Free Gifts Also Matter: Effects of Giving on Happiness, Social Connection, and Charitable Donations 
    Mapping the Research Field of Nonprofit and Philanthropy 
Ma Ji Mapping the Research Field of Nonprofit and Philanthropy 
Mesch Debra Does the Sex of the First-Born Child have a Causal Effect on Charitable Giving
    Do women give more? Findings from three unique data sets on charitable giving.
    Does Charitable Cause Matter? Gender Differences in Motivation and Purpose of Charitable Giving.
Nathan Sarah Fundraisers: Their Careers, Stories, Concerns, and Accomplishments
Osili Una Do women give more? Findings from three unique data sets on charitable giving.
Ottoni-Wilhelm Mark Does the Sex of the First-Born Child have a Causal Effect on Charitable Giving
Shaker Genevieve Is Employee Workplace Philanthropy Fostered by an Employer’s Example? Assessing Employee Giving and Volunteering in a Multi-National Corporation
Steinberg Richard “Income, Wealth, and Generosity in the U.S. Philanthropy Panel Study”
Tan Harper Marina Ultra high net worth philanthropy: The Good Journey
Tian Yuan “Income, Wealth, and Generosity in the U.S. Philanthropy Panel Study”
Wang Xiaoyun (Julia) Developing Community Foundations in Indiana: A Case of Philanthropic Projection in the U.S.
    Does Charitable Cause Matter? Gender Differences in Motivation and Purpose of Charitable Giving.

Rich Steinberg also chaired a session, attended editorial board meetings for two different journals, and presented a memorial tribute to Estelle James, one of the founders of our field, at the special eulogy meeting for her, Peter Dobkin Hall, and Woods Bowman.

Dwight Burlingame attended the ARNOVA board meetings and gave the treasurer’s report at the membership meeting. He also presented as a panel member at the Successful Scholarly Book Publishing Dialogue and chaired/presented at the Mimi-Plenary: The State of Nonprofit Finance and Accountability in recognition of Woods Bowman.   

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In Chicago, I also had the privilege of meeting with Peter Fissinger of Campbell and Company and Don Cooke of the McCormick Foundation. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I expressed my gratitude for their support, as I thank you for yours.

If you missed our email communication last week, please take a moment to view our 2015 holiday/thank you video.

2015 Holiday-thank you video

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News You Can Use

December

  • 13-15, CASE District V conference
  • 14, Last day of classes
  • 15-20, Finals week
  • 16, Learning by Giving awards ceremony
  • 25, Christmas – Jan. 1, office closed

January

Achieving Excellence in Fundraising 4th editionAchieving Excellence in Fundraising, 4th edition, edited by Gene Tempel, Tim Seiler, and Dwight Burlingame, will be published January 11, 2016.

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Academic Programs

November 18Indiana Philanthropy Awards Dinner, Association of Fundraising Professionals-Indiana Chapter. The school was a sponsor and had a table of 10: Gene Tempel, Mary Tempel, Pamela Clark, Sean Fitzgerald, Ian Ermantiger-Salas, Bin Wu, Kayla Broughton, Katie Prine, Melissa Buller, and Andy Baker.

The recipients of the 2015 Indiana Philanthropy Awards were honored for their philanthropy efforts including:

Wesley Boone-Outstanding Young Adult awardOutstanding Philanthropist - Larry and Lisa Sablosky nominated by Eskenazi Health Foundation (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy was the sponsor of this award.)
Outstanding Young Adult - Wesley Boone nominated by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

November 15-24—Helping Hands Art Auction/IUPUI’s Jagathon – a Dance Marathon raising funds for Riley Hospital for Children. Riley Hospital for Children is one of the leading healthcare institutions in the great state of Indiana. Riley provides children and their families facing a variety of circumstances with high quality care to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible and have the support they need. This is the second year that the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will participate in IUPUI’s Jagathon – a Dance Marathon raising funds for Riley Hospital for Children.

Looking ahead:

  • February 18-19, 2016
  • Hoosier Philanthropy: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future
  • Indiana Historical Society-Indianapolis, IN

The conference “Hoosier Philanthropy: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future” aims to integrate practice and scholarship, allowing both scholars and practitioners to inform one another. The conference will engage these constituencies in discussions on Indiana’s philanthropic traditions and current practices, as well as preserve the historical roots that still shape today’s philanthropic dynamics.

Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

November 6Patrick Rooney presented at the Lake Advisory Board, updating them on the academic department, recruitment, future courses, etc.

November 12—2015 Indiana Conference for Women

Debra Mesch and Sara Konrath presented a session at this conference. The session was moderated by Indiana University’s First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie. Women’s Philanthropy at IU hosted sessions featuring the groundbreaking work at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, intergenerational giving, innovations by Indiana women leaders and social entrepreneurs, and philanthropist and Women Leading the Way Award Recipient Maureen Hackett.

November 13—Along with Dwight Burlingame, Patrick Rooney conducted a Promotion and Tenure Workshop for faculty members

November 18Patrick Rooney attended the NACC Membership Meeting in Chicago, IL.

Tyrone Freeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs, delivered the opening address entitled "Madam C.J. Walker's Educational Legacy" at the 3rd Annual Madam C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Symposium held in Indianapolis and sponsored by the IU School of Liberal Arts. A'Lelia Bundles, Madam Walker's great-great granddaughter and biographer, delivered the keynote address. 

Tyrone Freeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs, presented "Rethinking Industrial Philanthropy and Black Education: Madam C.J. Walker's National Chain of Beauty Culture Schools and Her Philanthropic Funding of Southern Black Industrial Schools, 1905-1919" at the 55th Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society in St. Louis, MO and at the 44th Annual Conference of ARNOVA in Chicago, IL.

Gene Tempel and Cathy Bastin taught fundraising training at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU), formally initiating a teaching aspect to our relationship with SYSU where Jiangang Zhu is located.

Dwight Burlingame-2015 Colombia tripDwight Burlingame’s presented the keynote plenary at el PRIMER CONGRESO Y TERCER SEMINARIO INTERNACIONAL DE ENTIDADES SIN ANIMO DE LUCRO  a llevarse a cabo en la Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá D.C. de la ciudad de Bogotá D.C. –Colombia. Translated this is the First Congress and Third International Seminar on the Nonprofit Sector hosted by the Mayor’s office of Bogota, Colombia. Dwight’s talk was on Social Innovation in the Future Work of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations.      

Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 4th edition, edited by Gene Tempel, Tim Seiler, and Dwight Burlingame, will be published January 11, 2016.


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International Programs

November 1-3Gil Latz participated in the Conference on Philanthropy and Social Development in China, representing the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy with opening and closing remarks, and moderating the panel on International Philanthropy in China. Debra Mesch was a panel presenter as well. The conference was hosted by Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tarrytown, New York.

November 6–8 —Amir Pasic attended the final scholars’ roundtable meeting of the Initiative on Philanthropy in China, a multi-year $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, in Beijing November 6.  Participants included affiliate faculty member Marjorie Lyles from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and philanthropic studies doctoral candidate Yuan Tian. Also on November 6, Dean Pasic served as a panelist on innovation in philanthropy education at the Beijing Forum, hosted by Peking University. On November 7 he gave a keynote at the Institute for Philanthropy at Tsinghua University’s International Conference on Philanthropy.    

November 10–12—Representatives of the Australian National University visited the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Colin Taylor, Director of Alumni Relations and Felicity Gouldthorp, Executive Officer for the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) met with school and campus leadership to explore opportunities for academic exchange and fundraising training for university development officers.

Gil Latz participated and presented at a conference in Japan on modern Japanese philanthropy at the Business History of Japan Annual Congress.

Until December 7—We are accepting applications for the study abroad course Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context, which will be offered May 14–28, 2016 in Berlin. Click here for information on the program.


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Women's Philanthropy Institute

In November, Debra Mesch, WPI Director, brought the message about the importance of gender in philanthropy to audiences far and wide. 

She spoke with a group of 100 deans of colleges of arts and sciences at the annual conference of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C. 

Deb Mesch and Sara Konrath presented a session about women and philanthropy at the 2015 Indiana Conference for Women which was organized and moderated by IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie. Women’s Philanthropy at IU hosted sessions featuring the groundbreaking work at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, intergenerational giving, innovations by Indiana women leaders and social entrepreneurs, and philanthropist and Women Leading the Way Award Recipient Maureen Hackett.

Dr. Mesch organized two sessions about gender and philanthropy at the 2015 ARNOVA conference, including a colloquium about the research findings from the 2014-2015 Gates Foundation funded studies.

In addition, Dr. Mesch presented a paper, Motivations for Civic Participation: A National Study of Lions Clubs in China, at the Conference on Philanthropy and Social Development in China in Tarrytown, NY.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

November 5-6—The Lake Institute Advisory Board meet for two days to discuss upcoming projects, programs and offerings.

November 9-12David King and Gasby Brown led a four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC.

November 19-21David King attended the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in Chicago, IL.

Looking Ahead:

December 10—Bill Enright will present a webinar on “Fundraising as Ministry,” hosted by The Henri Nouwen Society. Register here

Walton, JonathonSAVE THE DATE!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The 13th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture featuring Dr. Jonathan Walton is on Thursday, March 31 at the Indiana Historical Society. This event is FREE and open to public.

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Research

November 16—The 3rd Annual Million Dollar Donors Report was released in cooperation with Coutts & Co. The report explores trends in million-dollar-plus giving in eight countries and regions around the world. Read the press release and visit the project website.

November 18Dr. Una Osili, director of Research, participated in a doctoral workshop in advance of the ARNOVA annual conference in Chicago, IL. Dr. Osili also presented as part of an ARNOVA pre-conference session on philanthropic research and foundation practice.

November 19-21—Various members of the research department attended ARNOVA’s 44th Annual Conference at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL. A number of research department projects and papers were presented at the conference. Please see the comprehensive list above in the Dean's Update section. 


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Development

We’re hiring!

The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy seeks an Assistant Dean for Development that will provide exceptional leadership for the school’s development and alumni relations operation. The incumbent will have a commitment to creative teamwork and constant improvement through new knowledge. As a member of the School’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Dean will represent the school’s pioneering role in the field. If you know someone that might be a great fit to join our team and for a full job description, please visit our website.


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Communications

Many media outlets reported on the findings of our new Women Give 2015 report and quoted Debra Mesch, Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm and Andrea Pactor, including TIME magazine, Yahoo! Parenting, Indiana Public Media, Indianapolis’ National Public Radio affiliate WFYI Radio, the Deseret News, Financial Express, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The NonProfit Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Phys.org,  International coverage of the study included Pro Bono Australia and NDTV, the Jagran Post and the Siasat Daily, all Indian news outlets.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, WTHR-TV Channel 13, Indianapolis’ NBC News affiliate, did a live, on-camera interview with Amir Pasic about how people can effectively choose a charity to support and how to teach their children about giving. (Interview not available online.)

Other key media coverage in November included:

  • Bloomberg News quoted Tim Seiler in a story about the growth in the size of higher education fundraising campaigns. The article also was picked up by the Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Business Journal and other media outlets.
  • A Tribune News Service article included projections from our Philanthropy Outlook.
  • An Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog reprinted an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal co-authored by Amir Pasic and David Jeffrey of The Salvation Army on the Human Needs Index.
  • A Brookings Institution article praised the value and importance of the Human Needs Index.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy published an opinion article by doctoral candidate Bill Cleveland on the importance of investing in fundraising as part of its “Philanthropy 400” issue.
  • A Forbes article on microgiving quoted Una Osili.
  • The Huffington Post highlighted Una Osili’s presentation of the school’s women and philanthropy research at Blackbaud’s BBCON.
  • A Fortune magazine story about Facebook expanding its charitable giving options quoted Patrick Rooney.
  • Articles in the United Kingdom’s Plymouth Herald and Third Sector quoted Jen Shang in a story about how fundraisers feel when they have to make difficult decisions.
  • The Jewish Week cited our research on high net worth philanthropy in an article on giving as a legacy.

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